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Robert S. Forbes


Robert S. Forbes

The passing of Robert "Bob" S. Forbes, Fredericton, NB occurred at Windsor Court on January 18th, 2019.  Born in Moncton, NB in 1921, he was the son of Dr. Albert E. Forbes and Gertrude Rutherford Forbes.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Anne MacKenzie Forbes; two sons, Ian Franklin Forbes (Deborah) of Surrey, BC and Robert Bruce Forbes (Carol Ann) of Naples, FL and a daughter, Janet Forbes-Scott (Kevin) of Reading, MA.  Also survived by four grandchildren, John Forbes, Gregory Forbes, Alexander Scott and Robin Scott.

He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Franklin and Donald.

A retired Forest Biologist, he was employed by the Canadian Forest Service.  He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Forestry in 1944 and 1949, respectively, and from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D in 1960.

In professional circles he served in offices in the Acadian Entomological Society and in the Maritime Section, Canada’s Institute of Forestry, and was a member of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.  He had a term as President of the Central NB Branch of the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society.

Interested in Masonry, he was a Past Master of Hiram Lodge No. 6, F. & A. M., was a Thrice Puissant Grand Master of the Scottish Rite Lodge of  Perfection, a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and belonged to the Luxor Shrine.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church where he was a life-time Elder and chaired a number of committees.  He was a life member of the Fredericton Golden Club.

An ardent outdoorsman in his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and was a member of the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club and the Maritime Senior’s Golf Association.

Honoring his wishes, his body has been donated to Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine for research.  A committal service will be held at a later date in the Fredericton Rural Cemetery.  For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to the St. Paul’s United Church, the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Burial Location
Fredericton Rural Cemetery

Requested Charity
St. Paul’s United Church, the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s cho